alehouse

[eyl-hous]
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Origin of alehouse

before 1000; Middle English, Old English. See ale, house
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alehouse

noun
  1. archaic a place where ale was sold; tavern
  2. informal another name for pub
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Word Origin and History for alehouse
n.

also ale-house, Old English eala-huse; see ale + house (n.). An alehouse "is distinguished from a tavern, where they sell wine" [Johnson].

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